What Is Speaking In Tongues?

Part Six

By

Craig Bluemel

 

Simply Spoken  - Gwen’s Testimony

Dear Craig,


Thank you for Part 5 of "What Is Speaking In Tongues." I have tried to put together my story of the, "speaking in tongues," experience, which you are welcome to use online if it is useful.

 

Going to a Pentecostal church with my parents, speaking in tongues was something that went on around me from an early age, so it was a perfectly normal thing that, "grown-ups," did in church. There seemed to be a few unwritten rules on the use of glossalaliá in our church. When someone stood up and spoke in a tongue, another person interpreted right away. If there was no interpretation, people looked suspiciously at the one who had spoken in tongues, and I used to think that meant that the person's message had not come from God, it was just something they had made up.


When I became a Christian at 19, also in a Pentecostal church, it was expected that after you committed your life to Christ you were baptized in water, and then you were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The Assemblies of God issued a little booklet entitled, "10 reasons why a Christian should speak in tongues." One of these reasons was that it was the initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit. So there was a lot of pressure to encourage new Christians to speak in tongues. I was invited, along with some other new Christians, to the house of an older couple in the church, and they prayed with us.

 

With my eyes shut tight, and every muscle tense, I was determined I would speak in tongues that night, but nothing happened!  Another girl burst into a torrent of strange-sounding gibberish and I thought, "She's just making that up", (and to this day, I think she probably was). 

 

For me, it just was not going to happen when I was under any pressure, but happened much later, and in a very natural way, while I was praying aloud with a friend.  I have only prophesied in tongues twice, the first time in a house meeting and it took everyone by surprise, myself included.

On occasions, I have heard people "speak in tongues" and I have had a bad feeling about it, as though it came from somewhere other than God.  I don't speak in tongues very often myself these days, but I know it is still there as I sometimes hear the sounds bubbling away in my head and it gives me a wonderful, uplifting feeling! Is there such a thing as "thinking in tongues"? I think there must be, or people who are physically unable to speak would miss out on this lovely gift.


Gwen

 

What stands out most about Gwen’s experience with tongues is what she says toward the end; she can still hear the “sounds” of glossalaliá bubbling away in her head, and it gives her a wonderful, uplifting feeling within.  I remember after my initial experience of speaking in other tongues how, for several days following, I too could hear the tongues, “sounds,” inside my head, and whenever I did, I would quickly look for someplace, any place, where no one could/would hear or see me, and then I’d burst out in this rapturous language! 

 

I can still remember the powerful, almost overwhelming presence of God’s spirit, and I recall how it inspired me to share my newfound faith in the Lord Jesus Christ with people everywhere I went.  Back in those early days, God showered me with the same kinds of wonderful, uplifting feelings that Gwen feels at times, whenever she hears the tongues resonate inside her mind.  Anyone who is familiar with this feeling of God’s glorious presence understands why I can never do justice trying to describe it with mere human words.

 

Speaking in tongues are sounds, just like any other language.  Paul likens the “sounds” to the distinct tones of specific musical instruments that are used for different purposes.

 

·          1 Corinthians 14:7-12 Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? 8 For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 9 So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken?  For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning. 11 If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me. NAS

 

The verses above PROVE glossalaliá is a genuine language that has a definite meaning, even though that meaning, unless interpreted, is unknown to anyone except God.  Paul’s rebuke to the Corinthians is for their undisciplined use of prayer in tongues whenever assembling, which, not being understood, is likened to speaking into air (14:9). 

 

Some anti-tongues arguments assert the Corinthian’s tongues were useless because verse nine says they are speaking into, “air.”  However a close scrutiny of the Greek word used for, “air,” disproves their argument.  This word in 1 Corinthians 14:9 is. “aéra,” and the Greeks used it to refer to the celestial realm or dimension, not the air we breathe.  In Greek religion aéra was considered to be a spiritual dimension with less spiritual efficacy than the higher ‘ether’ realm.  What Paul is actually saying in 1 Corinthians 14:9 is, “You will be uttering a language into a spiritual realm that has less relevance or worth.”

 

Paul capitalizes on this cultural Greek nuance, using aéra to show the Corinthians they were wasting their spiritual energy if the glossa were not understood, piddling it out into a lower, less viable spiritual dimension.  I think Paul was very classy in how he did this, because he didn’t just dump on them, and sarcastically mock their ignorance, but appealed to them as babes in Christ, trying to stimulate them in the right direction, while at the same time validating their tongues experience.  Ephesians 2:2 uses aéra referring to the domain of the devil, described as the prince of the aéra:               

 

·          Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (aéra), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: KJV

 

1 Thessalonians 4:17 also uses this same Greek word to discuss what happens when the presence of the spirit of Jesus penetrates this inferior spiritual dimension and he meets with his people in this realm as the Parákleetos:

 

·          1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we, which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air (aéra): and so shall we ever be with the Lord.   KJV

 

To digress for a moment, since the church is said to meet and then ever be with Jesus in this aéra realm, one is forced to reexamine his or her ‘Rapture’ doctrine, since the implication is NOT a removal of saints from the earth, but the presence of Jesus meeting with them in the aéra.  Interesting thought isn’t it?  Now back to the topic at hand.

 

Gwen asks the question, “Is there such a thing as ‘thinking in tongues’?” The answer is that God does not show partiality to any believer in giving the ability to speak in tongues, so this impartiality is obviously extended to those who cannot speak (the muted), or cannot hear (the deaf) or cannot see (the blind).

 

·          Acts 10:34-35 with 10: 44-48aI most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him… 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.  45 And all the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also. 46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” 48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.   NAS

 

Gwen was exposed to glossalaliá her entire childhood life and yet she herself had not spoken in tongues.  Like so many that attend Pentecostal churches, she experienced a lot of pressure by those who encouraged new Christians to speak in tongues.  The scenario in which she was, along with other new Christians, prayed for to receive the “baptism” in the Holy Spirit, created a lot of internal anxiety for her.

 

With her eyes shut tight, and every muscle tense, Gwen was determined she would speak in tongues that night, but nothing happened!  This Christian tragedy plays itself out all over the globe every Sunday, week after week, year after year; and for the most part, it is entirely uncalled for.  I am not assigning a wrong motive to those who encourage others to pray in tongues, because after all, they just want to see others blessed in the spirit.  My beef with charismatic practices is the ambivalent ignorance used to proliferate something as valuable as glossalaliá.

 

Charismatic glossalaliá methodology in churches across the globe is sorely lacking, both in technique and in teaching.  In technique, because the person that encourages another to pray in tongues usually is lacking the biblical understanding necessary to resolve into problematic circumstances. 

 

For example, what happens if the person being prayed for is not responding, or for that matter, what if they are not even praying out loud?  What do you do?  How do you set the person being prayed for at ease?  When is it proper to pray with someone, and when is it best not to?  Should we always pray with someone to speak in tongues, or are there times it is best to let them alone, and actually trust that God and Jesus can and will help them? (Duh)

 

I have heard countless stories from confused, disillusioned people seeking glossalaliá that had their pastor, or some well intentioned Christian tell them, “Just make up some sounds and speak forth in tongues.”  I even heard one story of a sister in Christ, who, while being prayed for, actually had another lady grab her tongue and commanded it to speak forth in tongues, proclaiming, “I command this tongue to be loosed in the name of Jesus!”  Gads.  The gimmicks never end.

 

Having seen many believers speak in tongues all on their own, with only some gentle guidance and biblical teaching to help them along, I now realize that the truly God-given opportunities to pray with someone to speak in tongues for the very first time are rare.  This isn’t because I don’t have opportunities abounding, but because I am learning there’s a time and a season for every event under heaven.  I said, “God-given,” opportunities, not, “Craig induced,” opportunities; if the shoe fits you too, just repent, and learn, and move along.

 

Wouldn’t it have been a whole lot better for Gwen at age 19, if someone who actually understood the topic of glossalaliá took time to patiently teach and guide her along, being sensitive to her individual personality, and observing carefully what her body language was projecting (e.g. – anxiety, nervousness, etc), so as not to pressure her?  She felt under the gun, and was pressured to perform, and this isn’t good in any circumstance, let alone when a person is trying to speak forth in a language that is completely unfamiliar to them.

 

I’m convinced the body of Christ has a long way to go when it comes to individual sensitivity, and I see a tremendous need for Christians to understand basic personality types, because this is helpful in knowing how to deal with each believer.  Every person is unique, and even with the rough guidelines I provide in these studies, what God does should never be reduced to a formula, and put into a box along with our other manmade charismatic paradigms.  I also find it sobering that the, “tongues,” chapter, (1 Corinthians 14), is preceded by the, “love,” chapter thirteen, which admonishes us to be, “patient,” and, “kind.”

Things To Know When Seeking Glossalaliá

It is extremely important if you plan on praying for someone else to speak in tongues, that you provide them with a thorough understanding from the scriptures about the glossalaliá experience.  In this section I have listed some of the major points that are important considerations for the initial experience and for insuring the seeker will continue using his or her prayer language effectively.

 

This list is NOT a formula for producing glossa, and everyone is different; so don’t use it legalistically or as a step-by-step recipe for success, or you will set yourself up for failure and the other person for potential disappointment.  These are simply biblical truths I have organized and explained, utilizing the many years of interaction with believers, familiarizing them with glossalaliá, so they can speak in tongues for the first time. 

 

Each person’s capacity for interacting on a spiritual level is different, so never ASSUME anything.  What may seem basic or even trivial facts to you may be the key to unlocking someone else’s spirit.  This list is not comprehensive because I cannot possibly address every situation, person, religious or Christian background, doctrinal prejudice, etc.  But you will find these facts informative and even helpful for you:

 

A. You Must Know Exactly What the ‘Sounds’ Of Glossalaliá Are

These unusual sounds are NOT made by the Holy Spirit, and contrary to popular Pentecostal teaching, speaking in other (unknown) tongues is NOT having the Holy Spirit speak through your lips, mouth and vocal chords to form sounds. In Acts 2:4 scripture says, “They were filled with the Holy Spirit and BEGAN to speak in other tongues as the spirit was giving them utterance.”

 

The words, “giving them utterance,” are often misconstrued by Pentecostal church doctrine to mean God’s spirit was giving them each sound and thereby speaking through their lips.  This view is just close enough to throw someone a curve, and keep them from using their prayer language.  While it is true that the spirit of Jesus gives a person the glossa sounds, neither God nor Jesus actually does the speaking.  People that believe the Pentecostal position often never use their glossalaliá because they are fearful of just making up sounds and not having, “God,” speak through them.

 

The Greek word for, “utterance,” is, “apophthéggomai,” and it means, “To enunciate plainly; to utter or declare oneself, give one's opinion.”  This verb is used to indicate the discernable utterance of the, "other tongues," in which, “the Spirit,” enabled the believers to speak at Pentecost. 

 

Later in this study I will prove clearly it is the spirit of Jesus prompting the sounds of glossalaliá; however, this doesn’t change the grammatical construction of the Greek text in Acts 2:4, which leaves no doubt whatsoever that the disciples were the ones initiating and enunciating plainly the unknown tongues. 

 

To say, “the Spirit,” is Jesus does not contradict what I have taught earlier in this series regarding God, the Father, who is principally the One referred to in the NT as, “the Spirit,” (to Pneuma).  Also, the involvement of God, the Father is not omitted from glossalaliá just because Jesus was giving the, “sounds,” of tongues to the disciples.

 

The sounds of unknown tongues find their origin in the expression of the will of God, otherwise known as the mind of the (God’s) spirit.  The spirit of Jesus, the Mediator, advocates for the Father by giving the utterance or sounds of glossa.  God the Father gave Jesus the highest position in His eternal kingdom, and appointed Jesus as the only one through whom He would communicate to men.

 

The sounds of tongues that Gwen hears should not be thought of differently than what the disciples of Jesus first heard when they subsequently spoke in other tongues.  Though unknown to us, the sounds are the expression of what the born-again human spirit hears from Jesus, who mediates between God and the individual believer. 

 

To break it down mechanically, God speaks to Jesus what He wants articulated to His children; then Jesus, understanding what the will of his Father (God) is, then translates this into sounds transmitted, which only the regenerated human spirit can comprehend.  The rest is up to each individual Christian, whether he or she will speak forth those sounds or not. 

 

Below is the appropriate translation of Romans 8:26; it is a literal, expanded text, and reveals more definitively what role Jesus has as the one that has received from God, and taken hold of himself, in his capacity as the Parákleetos, or mediator between God and man.  I have added to the text in {brackets} to identify to whom the text refers to, for simplicity and ease of understanding.

 

The Appropriate Translation

 

·          Romans 8:26-27 And in the same way the spirit {Jesus} helps by taking hold of the moral weakness in us, because we do not know precisely (as needed) what thing we should wish or pray for that is most important.  However, the spirit itself {Jesus} intercedes (acts as a mediator) for or in behalf of inaudible (impossible to hear) prayer, which cannot be expressed in words; nevertheless the one who investigates the seat of the desires, feelings, affections, passions, and impulses, (of the heart or mind) sees, with perception, what the mindset of the spirit {of God the Father} is, because, {coming} down from God, {he Jesus} meets and talks with {God} on behalf and for the benefit and protection of the sanctified ones.

 

The spirit of Jesus Christ, who is the Parákleetos, helps by taking hold of the moral weakness in us, because we do not know precisely (as needed) what thing we should wish or pray.  Those things that are of greatest importance elude us, because of our infirmity, our partiality to sin and the cunning of Satan to deceive us.  This disadvantage in prayer is especially true in the conflict between our flesh and spirit. 

 

In order for Jesus to be, “taking hold of our moral weakness,” we must believe he will do it, and give him permission to help.  Jesus will never force our will, but will quietly and gently offer us a helping hand.  Speaking in other tongues is simply the exercising ability God has given to us by His power, listen to what our Mediator Jesus is saying, and then yield the most unruly member of our fleshly body to his perfect counsel.

 

Jesus is God’s son and he investigates the seat of our desires, feelings, affections, passions, and impulses (i.e. - our heart and mind).  Jesus has a view of our lives from God’s perspective.  His perception and view of us, and our situation, is from a heavenly vantage point.  He knows the will of the Father God for us.

 

·          John 5:25-27 “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.  For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.  And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”  (From New International Version)

 

In the seventh chapter of the Book of Romans we read about the internal struggle of the believer, who, desiring to do what is right, does what is evil.  This conflict is referred to as the battle between the “flesh” (the slavery to sin) and the “spirit” (obedience to God).

 

In our efforts to do the do the will of God, our passions and cravings cloud our discernment.  We make mental decisions to obey the commandments, only to find we are frequently overcome by feelings, which lure us into the familiar yet evil turf (known as the flesh). 

 

With this in mind, the eighth chapter of Romans reveals the, “how to,” for those willing to seek the pathway of righteousness.  This is where it is essential we communicate with Jesus, the life-giver.  Only Jesus can help us, because he has experienced firsthand the same fight and spiritual warfare.  He teaches how to pray and helps us to pray.

 

It has been my experience repeatedly while praying with someone to speak in other tongues for the first time to have them tell me they can actually hear the sounds of tongues in their mind before they actually begin speaking them as audible utterances.

 

B. The individual, not God, generates audible sounds of tongues

Each individual uses his or her OWN lips to form the ‘sounds’ that make up speaking in other tongues; by ‘sounds’ I am referring to the unique, audible syllables and vowels.   It is the believer that BEGINS the process by SPEAKING whatever sounds they hear within their mind, or they feel compelled to utter. 

 

Now that we have the chain of command established above, we can understand what Paul writes to the Corinthians when he uses the lips of a believer to describe how God speaks, in 1 Corinthians 14:21b & 22a, “In the Law it is written, ‘By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people… So then tongues are for a sign…” 

 

Below is a list of all the scriptures that teach we are the one that speaks in tongues, not God:

 

·          1 Corinthians 13:1- I speak in the tongues…

·          1 Corinthians 14:2 - he who speaks in a tongue… 

·          1 Corinthians 14:4 - He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself  

·          1 Corinthians 14:5 - I wish you all spoke with tongues…

·          1 Corinthians 14:6 - I come to you speaking with tongues…

·          1 Corinthians 14:9 - you utter by the tongue words

·          1 Corinthians 14:14 - For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays… 

·          1 Corinthians 14:15 - I will pray with the spirit…

·          1 Corinthians 14:18 - I speak in tongues more than you all…

·          1 Corinthians 14:23 - and all speak in tongues

·          1 Corinthians 14:27 - If any man speaks in an unknown tongue…

·          Mark 16:17 - they will speak in new tongues

·          Acts 2:4 - and they began to speak in other tongues

·          Acts 2:11 - we all hear them speaking in our tongues

·          Acts 10:46 - For they were hearing them speaking with tongues

·          Acts 19:6 - and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.

 

C. All born-again believers are given the promise of the Father

All born-again believers are given the “promise of the Father,” which is also known as the, “gift,” of the Holy Spirit.  These terms refer to personal access and ability to spiritually communicate with God, (i.e. – worship God in the spirit, with the human spirit), THROUGH the man Christ Jesus, who is the MEDIATOR between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5-6). 

 

To demonstrate to the world, and to principalities and powers (Ephesians 3:10), that ONLY the blood shed by Jesus Christ atones for sin, God, the Father raised Christ up from among the dead by HIS indestructible power (Hebrews 7:16-17).  If Christ had not been raised from the dead, we would still remain spiritually dead, held captive by our trespasses and sins; that is, OUR HUMAN SPIRIT would be lifeless, inactive and alienated from THE Life-giver, God (1 Corinthians 15:16-20).

 

Crucified on the Day of Passover, the once-for-all true sacrificial Lamb of God bled and died.  Fifty days after Christ died the disciples were made alive together with him on the Day of Pentecost (1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Peter 3:18). 

 

Jesus was buried for 3 days and nights, and then God raised him up from the dead (Acts 2:22-33), leaving only 47 days until Pentecost, the Day of new beginning for all mankind.  Showing himself alive in the flesh, as a witness and living testament to God and man, for forty days and forty nights after his resurrection, Jesus gave his final earthly instructions to the disciples.  Then, as they watched, he ascended upward and out of their sight; another 40 days had passed (Acts 1:1-9).

 

Subtracting 40 from the 47 days, only one seven-day week remained until the promise of the Father, the Parákleetos, the spirit of Jesus, would come to the disciples, who were praying in one accord in the upper room in Jerusalem.

 

Exactly seven days after his ascension, on the seventh of the week, the Sabbath Day, which according to the Jewish calendar, this particular Sabbath Day fell on the same date as the Day of Pentecost, God the Father gave His command to His now glorified son Jesus, to establish the first phase of his official ruling capacity by thoroughly cleansing his disciples soaking them in a spiritual presence.

 

·          Acts 2:32-33 “This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this, which you both see and hear.”    NAS

 

Acts 2:33 reveals that once ascended to and seated at the Father’s right hand, Jesus was the first of many brethren to have, “received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit.”  This verse alone proves the Holy Spirit is not God, or God’s spirit, as Pentecostals claim.  The Holy Spirit is not the third person of the Trinity, as others purport. 

 

The, “promised Holy Spirit,” in Acts 2:33 is a reference to the fulfillment of a pledge (or promise) made by God to His son Jesus.  This pledge from the Father gave Christ the power to act with divine authority, as it pertains to the operation of the spirit in His kingdom.  In other words, Jesus as glorified man was being given the honor of imputing God’s righteousness through the operation of the “spirit” in his sanctified position alongside the Father.  The Greek text renders Acts 2:33 much differently, and below is a more literal translation:

 

The Appropriate Translation

 

·          Acts 2:32-33 “This Jesus, God raised up, of that we are all witnesses; this one, elevated to God’s right hand, accordingly, was given preference to fully participate in the promised operation of the spirit.  And having taken his sanctified position alongside the Father, he has distributed abundantly this, which you see and hear.” TAT

 

 The word, “received,” is the Greek word, “lambano,” and means, “to take possession of; to take for one’s self.”   When something was given or received, preference is always given to the right hand; In the case of allotment and distribution, the right hand is chosen as that which comes first.  In all-important transactions when action must be resolute and involves full participation by the doer, and also when energy and emphasis are intended, the right hand is used (Revelation 1:16,17,20; 2:1; 5:1,7).

 

Jesus stepped into his position alongside the Father, and with full authority he imparted to the disciples the cleansing of their human spirits.  Wow.  Can you imagine?  Jesus is the one cleansing our spirits, with the forgiveness that originates from God the Father! 

 

The promise of the Father was a promise made TO Jesus first!  It was the Lord Jesus that decided to share the promise of the Father with his disciples, and with us.  The Father’s power to purify was exclusively imparted through the man Christ Jesus as the mediator.  That is why all born-again believers, whether or not they speak in tongues, have the spirit of Christ.

 

·          1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time. NAS

 

All things spiritual originate from God the Father, but the Lord Jesus distributes them.  All believers have the ability to speak in tongues, because all Christians have the spirit of Jesus, who helps them make intercession to God (the Father).  Speaking in tongues is one of the most important tools in God’s spiritual equipment, but it’s not the only tool.  To deny tongues, or forbid it is simply foolish, particularly when Jesus paid such a high price that we might possess it!

D. Glossalaliá is taking hold of the of God together with Jesus

Jesus is the Parákleetos helping the individual believer form unknown tongues with their lips, BECAUSE Jesus knows what the mind of the Spirit of God is, because he makes intercession on their behalf according to God’s will. 

 

When you are trying to share glossalaliá with someone that is seeking, it can be extremely helpful, albeit uncomfortable at first for you, and for them, to give them a verbal demonstration of your own speaking in tongues, after which, you stop and explain what you just did. 

 

I recommend doing this verbal demonstration with your eyes open, telling them to WATCH your lips as you speak forth in tongues.  This proves to them that tongues can be started and stopped at will, and this demonstration is very effective in calming the anxiety they feel inside.  My experience with HUNDREDS of Christians, who were able to speak in tongues for the first time, is that a verbal demonstration calms them down, and takes the ‘mystery’ of the experience, and puts it into a ‘doable’ perspective

 

Explain the reason the ‘sounds’ of glossalaliá are ‘unknown’ is simply because our reasoning, that is, logical mind cannot always comprehend the perfect will of God.  It is important for the person to know that each believer’s born-again human spirit, given to them by God, understands what the “mind of the Spirit of God” is, apart from the human brain, because it is spiritual, and not material.

 

Explain to them our mind does not always ACCEPT God’s will, let alone speak it forth.  Therefore, Jesus helps us by interceding for and WITH us, by providing an unknown language, which in turn gives a “voice” or a “sound” to what our human spirit understands, but what is unfamiliar to our intellect.

 

Tongues is not a replacement for prayer in English, or whatever known language they speak.  It is important to know that when praying in tongues, the mind does not go into an, ‘altered state’ of consciousness, but that it remains fully aware.  Therefore, when a person prays in tongues, they should engage their mind, and direct it toward whatever need they are supplicating for.

 

·          EXAMPLE 1: A person prays in English for a friend going through a painful divorce, and he or she needs God’s mind and heart to help them.  They pray first in English, bringing to account whatever they feel upon their heart for their friend.  Once the KNOWN areas have been addressed in prayer, they begin speaking in tongues, keeping in mind the same need, but within, asking God for HIS mind and HIS heart regarding the circumstances of their hurting friend in need.  As the prayer in tongues continues, they sense various things, and intersperse in English what is sensed by the spirit, thus using tongues as an effective means to acquire, and subsequently speak forth the mind of God, or the mind of Christ.

 

·          EXAMPLE 2: In the same circumstance as Example #1 a believer begins praying in English, but they cannot concentrate or focus on the situation.  Still feeling compelled to pray, they pray in tongues, and relying on the Lord to articulate for them what is inaudibly, or difficult for them to speak in English.

 

What I hope this study has given a more clear delineation between the work of the spirit of Christ as mediator, and his involvement in our prayer life, including prayer with the mind, or understanding, and how Jesus advocates and helps our human spirit communicate with the Spirit of God, and how we can learn to understand our glossalaliá with discernment, and what it really means to interpret tongues.

 

Perhaps a future study in this series will focus on the gift of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, and how this relates to communicating the mind of Christ, and of God within the body of Christ.

 

 

Continued in Part Seven

 


Links to the entire "What is Speaking in Tongues” Series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

 


 

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